Weekend Report- December 16-17, 2017
ONE KILLED, TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A man was killed and another man and a boy all from New Bloomfield were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:50pm Saturday in Callaway County. The patrol says that two trucks were on Route Y when they collided head-on and both trucks caught on fire. 23 year old Ryan Kirk was pronounced dead at the scene, while 28 year old Ross Artnzen and 7 year old Brett Artnzen sustained serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.
DRIVER KILLED AND THE OTHER DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK
A Camdenton driver was killed and a Kansas City driver seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Camden County. 42 year old Delilah Taylor of Kansas City was on Route D when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by 26 year old Lauren Rubi of Camdenton head-on. Lauren Rubi was taken to Lake Regional Hospital where she died from her injuries a short time later, meanwhile Delilah Taylor was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.
TROY WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT CRASH
A Troy woman was hurt in a Saturday night crash in Lincoln County. 30 year old Kara Lavo was on Highway 47 when her truck struck a deer in the roadway. She suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.
December 15, 2017
MACC COLUMBIA CAMPUS EVACUATED AFTER THREAT
Final exams scheduled for Thursday afternoon and evening at the Moberly Area Community College Columbia Campus have been rescheduled for Monday, after it was evacuated Thursday afternoon, due to a threat. Officials say the threat against the campus was made by a suspect, while talking to campus staff. Administrators say they took the threat seriously and made the decision to evacuate the building. Columbia Police canvassed the area and determined that threat was no longer active. They are seeking the suspect in the incident.
MOBERLY STABBING SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
A suspect, who was being sought in connection with a Wednesday night stabbing incident in Moberly, is in custody, after his arrest by Columbia Police. 31 year old Manquail Leray Williams, of Moberly, was taken into custody in Boone County, without incident. Williams had been sought by police since around 10:30 Wednesday night, when his ex-girlfriend told officers he had tried to cut her throat after breaking into her residence. A short time later, a male victim was treated for a stab wound to the abdomen at Moberly Regional Medical Center. Williams is charged with assault and domestic assault and is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.
RALLS COUNTY MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES
On Tuesday 44 year old William Cashel of New London was sentenced to 20 years in prison for production and receipt of child pornography between January 1, 2015 and August 28, 2015. According to court documents, the defendant took pornographic pictures of a six-year-old girl. The photographs were located on his cell phone by law enforcement. The defendant had also received child pornography via a social media application on his cell phone. He pled guilty in July to one felony count of production of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography. He appeared Tuesday for sentencing in front of U.S. District Judge John Ross.
FORMER WASHINGTON COUNTY AMBULANCE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR AND WIFE INDICTED ON FEDERAL FRAUD CHARGES
The former Administrator for the Washington County Ambulance District, William Gum, a/k/a “Mal” and his wife, Charlena Gum, a/k/a “Charli”, who also was an employee of district, were indicted on charges involving stealing from the District, an agency that receives Federal program benefits. According to the indictment, William “Mal” Gum was the Administrator for the Washington County Ambulance District, an agency that receives more than $10,000 of Medicare program benefits each year. Mal Gum’s salary was set by the Board of the District. The indictment alleges that between 2012 and 2016, Mal Gum paid himself a salary that was higher than the salary authorized by the Board and that he used District funds to pay for health insurance for his dependents without authorization. Mal Gum is charged with stealing at least $5,000 a year from the District between 2012 and 2016. Additionally, the indictment alleges that Charlena “Charli” Gum and Mal Gum used District credit cards to purchase personal items. Between September 1, 2014 and November 29, 2014 they used the District credit card to purchase more than 30 gift cards in denominations of $50 and $100, music CDs, undergarments, clothing, and other personal items and groceries. According to the indictment, Mal Gum received itemized bills for the fraudulent purchases and paid the bills from the District bank account. 58 year old William Gum of Potosi was indicted by a federal grand jury on five felony counts of federal program theft, one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud, and one felony count of access device fraud. Also 43 year old Charlena Gum was indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count of federal program theft, one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud, and one felony count of access device fraud.
December 14, 2017
WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A Winfield woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 2:05am Wednesday in Lincoln County. 34 year old Nicole Ostermeyer was on Route C when her car traveled off the right side of the road, struck an embankment, overturned and ejected her from the car. She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.
AUDRAIN COUNTY HOMICIDE VICTIM IDENTIFIED
Audrain County authorities have identified the man who died Tuesday on Audrain County Road 913. 19 year old Antonio Jefferson, of Mexico, was the victim in the incident, which was originally reported as a traffic crash with a vehicle on fire, but is now being investigated as a homicide. Investigators say Jefferson was found lying in the road near the vehicle and was taken to the hospital, where he later died. They say his injuries were not consistent with a car crash. Audrain County authorities say they are looking for information on Jefferson’s whereabouts between the time he was last seen, around 11:30am Tuesday at the Walmart in Mexico, and noon, when the vehicle was found. They say 12 different agencies are involved in following up on leads in the case.
UPDATE ON COLUMBIA HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION
Columbia Police say Monday’s homicide in the 1900 block of Lasso Circle, in Columbia, is believed to have been drug-related and involved a home invasion at the residence. Police say the suspects forced entry into the home and assaulted the victim, 28 year old Gus Roberts and a 24 year old female resident. Roberts died from his injuries. The female victim suffered only minor injuries. Police are asking neighbors in the Old Hawthorne area to contact police if they have any security footage or other information that may be of assistance in the investigation.
TWO SUSPECTS SOUGHT AFTER ARMED HOME INVASION
Police are seeking two suspects, in connection with an armed home invasion in the 1500 block of Vandiver Drive in Columbia, which occurred Wednesday night. The victim says two suspects knocked on his door at around 10:30pm, then forced their way inside, stole property and fled the scene. No injuries were reported. Police say the suspects are described as two white males in their 20’s, wearing dark clothing. Anyone with information should contact Columbia Police or call Crime Stoppers.
December 13, 2017
AUDRAIN COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING DEATH
Audrain County authorities are investigating a man’s death and a vehicle fire, which occurred Tuesday on an Audrain County road. Authorities say the death is considered suspicious and the incident is being investigated as a homicide. Emergency crews were called to Audrain County Road 913 Tuesday afternoon, where they found an unresponsive male victim in a burned car. Officials have not released the victim’s identity. The investigation is ongoing.
COLUMBIA MURDER VICTIM WAS JUDGE’S SON
Police have identified the victim of a Monday morning Columbia homicide, at a residence in the 1900 block of Lasso Circle. Investigators say 28 year old Augustus Jackson (Gus) Roberts was pronounced dead at the home, after officers found him unconscious and not breathing, early Monday morning. Media reports indicated Roberts is the son of Clark County Associate Circuit Judge Rick Roberts. Gus Roberts was a 2008 graduate of Clark County High School. No further details have been released, as the investigation continues. Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers – 573-875-TIPS.
TWO ARRESTED FOR FEDEX PACKAGE WITH MARIJUANA
Two men were arrested Monday, after Columbia Police found a FedEx package with more than 20 pounds of marijuana, which was delivered to a Columbia home. 34 year old Bunrong Rey and 35 year old Roeun Rey were both arrested at the scene for possession and distribution of a controlled substance. Officers were notified about the package and say they also found an additional 53 pounds of packaged marijuana, along with $20,000 dollars in cash and other items, inside the home.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
On Monday at approximately 1pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1100 block of S Jefferson Street in reference to a grass fire which was reportedly spreading quickly and nearing a garage. Responding personnel contained and extinguished the fire on arrival and no personal property was damaged. The residents were burning leaves and yard waste in a brick burn pit, but due to the high winds and dry conditions, the fire escaped the pit and began spreading. Approximately 4,000 square feet of yard was burned. There were no injuries from the incident.
December 12, 2017
ATTORNEY GENERAL LAUNCHING MILITARY LEGAL ASSISTANCE TEAM
The Missouri Attorney General’s Office is forming an advisory board to develop the first statewide program in Missouri that will provide pro bono legal services to current military service members. The Military Legal Assistance Team will be Missouri’s first Attorney General-led program offering free legal services. The advisory board is still in discussion on the qualifications for the free assistance, as well as its strategy to recruit local Missouri attorneys. Members of the advisory board include a retired U.S. Army Colonel, a former U.S. Navy officer and a former State Judge Advocate of the Missouri Army National Guard. The Military Legal Assistance Team is scheduled to launch in the beginning of the new year.
COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE
Columbia Police are investigating a homicide, which occurred early Monday morning in the 1900 block of Lasso Circle, near Old Hawthorne Drive in Columbia. Officers were called to the scene to a report of a suspicious person just after 3:30am Monday. They found a male victim unconscious and not breathing, who was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released. Investigators say paint spilled inside the garage of the residence left a trail of footprints fleeing the home toward Old Hawthorne Drive. No other information has been released.
COLUMBIA WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN FEBRUARY INCIDENT
A Columbia woman pleaded guilty to second-degree assault charges, in connection with an incident in Callaway County in February. Mikayla Collins entered a guilty plea Monday. She had been accused of an additional charge of kidnapping. Investigators say Collins and another suspect, Brianna Cavins, had picked up the female victim from work in Jefferson City, after contacting her through Facebook, under false pretenses. The victim says she was taken to a remote location in Callaway County, where she was extensively assaulted, items were stolen from her and she was left along the roadway. Collins was placed on five years supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution for the victim’s medical bills.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
The Mexico Public Safety Department will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide Holiday DWI Enforcement Crackdown on substance-impaired driving, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The enforcement campaign will run from December 15, 2017 - January 1, 2018. This is part of a nationwide substance–impaired driving crackdown which will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising designed to curb substance–impaired driving over the Holiday DWI Enforcement Crackdown. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Twenty-five percent of all Missouri motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2016 involved one or more substance–impaired driver or motorcycle operator. That is 233 fatalities and 700 serious injuries in 2016 involving at least one substance-impaired driver, or one substance-impaired driving fatality every 1 ½ days and one substance-impaired driving serious injury every ½ day. Additionally, during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday in 2016, there were seven (7) fatalities and fourteen (14) serious injuries from crashes involving at least one substance–impaired driver. For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov or saveMOlives.com.
December 11, 2017
ASPHALT WORK PLANNED FOR THE MINEOLA TRUCK PARKING AREA IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Weather permitting; on Tuesday contractors will be doing asphalt work at the Mineola Truck Parking Area, located at MM 167 along Interstate 70. The parking area will remain open to trucks, but there may be areas closed off where crews are working throughout the day. All areas will be open by the end of the day. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
WOMAN INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY WRECK
A Warrenton woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Monday morning in Warren County. 22 year old Angela Rue was on the North Outer Road of I-70 when she swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway and her car traveled off the left side of the road, became airborne and struck a residence. She was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
ONE HURT IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON I-70 CRASH
A Sunday afternoon accident on I-70 in Columbia sent at least one occupant of multiple vehicles to the hospital. The accident also shut down one lane of westbound I-70. The accident occurred at around 4:30pm and involved at least four vehicles, with one occupant being taken from the scene, by ambulance, to a Columbia hospital. Officials were still working to determine the cause of the accident and did not release details on the injuries.
BOONVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH SODOMY AND INCEST
A 73 year old Boonville man was formally charged Friday, in connection with allegations of sodomy, incest and child molestation. 73 year old Gary W. Korte, of Boonville, faces four charges in the case. They come after Cooper County authorities investigated accusations of multiple sexual encounters with four different juveniles, some of those incidents dating back to 2012. Korte is being held on $500,000 dollars bond.
Weekend Report- December 9-10, 2017
WOMAN KILLED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY TRUCK
A Jefferson City woman was killed in a freak accident that occurred at 4:50am Saturday in Cole County. The patrol says that 76 year old Gary Thomas of Jefferson City attempted to reposition his truck in his driveway as 75 year old Carole Thomas was walking around the back side of the truck when she was struck by the rear of the truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
DRIVER INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY WRECK
A driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Jefferson County. 52 year old Kimberly Manning of Lonedell was on Route BB when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole. She was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.
MAN HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH
A DeSoto man was hurt in a Friday night crash in Jefferson County. 55 year old Steven Scheck was on Fountain City Road when his Ford Ranger traveled partially off the right side of the road, he steered to the left in an attempt to return to the roadway, crossed the road, began skidding and rotating counter-clockwise, traveled off the left side of the road and the right front side of the truck struck a tree. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
December 8, 2017
CULVERT REPLACEMENTS PLANNED FOR ROUTE E IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Weather permitting; MoDOT crews will be doing culvert work on Montgomery County Route E.
Dec. 11-13, road closed from Montgomery County Route JJ to Fischer Road for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8am and 4pm each day. The road will be open at the end of each day.
Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 18-19, road closed from Lagemann Road to Fischer Road for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8am and 4pm each day. The road will be open at the end of each day.
Dec. 20-22, road closed from Fischer Road to Hickory Wood Road for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8am and 4pm each day. The road will be open at the end of each day.
Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.
This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
DRIVER KILLED IN THURSDAY BOONE COUNTY COLLISION
Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal accident, which occurred Thursday morning, on Highway 63 south of Ashland. 33 year old Aaron Meeks, of Holts Summit died in the accident, which occurred just after 6:30am Thursday. The Highway Patrol says Meeks was northbound at a high rate of speed, when his car struck a northbound dump truck, driven by a Hartsburg man, in the rear.
TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN THURSDAY MORNING CRASH
Two people were injured, one seriously in a Thursday morning crash in St. Charles County. The report states that 26 year old Yu-Shae Brooks of Lake St. Louis was on Route A when she failed to yield for traffic and pulled into the path of a car driven by 19 year old Christopher Hardy of O’Fallon and the cars collided. He sustained serious injuries while she suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.
FULTON FAMILY HEALTH OFFICIALLY JOINS MU HEALTH CARE
Fulton Family Health Associates has made it official: the practice group joined University of Missouri Health Care Thursday. With the move comes a name change: Fulton Family Health Associates will change its name to Family Medicine – Fulton Family Health. In August, Fulton Family Health Associates announced its intention to join MU Health Care. The group practice is comprised of three board-certified family medicine physicians, one board-certified physician assistant, and 13 other health professional and support staff. MU Health Care’s Family Medicine – Callaway Physicians has been providing primary care to the citizens of Callaway County for more than 40 years. Fulton Family Health Associates has provided primary care in central Missouri for 21 years. Both clinics will continue to serve patients in their present locations. Under the new arrangement, patients of the newly named Family Medicine – Fulton Family Health can choose the health provider or hospital where they would like to receive inpatient and outpatient care. They also have more health options because their provider now has privileges at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, University Hospital, MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and other MU Health Care inpatient and outpatient facilities. Family Medicine – Fulton Family Health is located at 2613 Fairway Drive and Family Medicine – Callaway Physicians is located at 110 N. Hospital Drive ― both in Fulton.
Family Medicine – Fulton Family Health is closed Friday for training.
December 7, 2017
FULTON POLICE SAY MAN THREATENED TO KIDNAP KIDS
Fulton Police say a man threatened to kidnap three children outside of McIntire Elementary School in Fulton, Tuesday afternoon. Officers say a 6 year old and two other children were walking near Brookside Drive in Fulton when a white middle-aged man with brown hair, brown eyes and a beard, driving a black four-door car told the children he was going to kidnap them. The children ran home. Anyone with information is urged to contact Fulton Police.
MAN INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A man from Truesdale, MO was injured in an accident that occurred at 1:40pm Wednesday in Lincoln County. The patrol says that 55 year old Dean Lanzone was driving a concrete mixer on Myers Road when it traveled off the right side of the roadway, started to skid, overturned and struck a utility pole. He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK
A Hillsboro woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Jefferson County. 28 year old Jessica Granda was on Route A when her car ran off the right side of the road and the front corner of it struck a rock bluff. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
REP. BART KORMAN OFFERS LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP
State Representative Bart Korman, R-High Hill, is pleased to announce that his office is accepting applications for legislative interns for the 2018 session. The internship is open to applicants enrolled in college with an interest in state government and policy.
Legislative intern responsibilities in Rep. Korman’s office may include:
• Investigating constituent concerns and issues for possible resolutions
• Researching proposed legislation
• Attending and recording highlights of committees and meetings as required
• Assisting with other legislative duties
Korman represents Montgomery County, Warren County and the southern tip of St. Charles counties. He said he would prefer an individual from one of those counties: however, upon an interview anyone may be accepted. Office hours available are Monday through Friday, 8am until 5pm. Interested applicants should email their resume to Bart.Korman@house.mo.gov .
December 6, 2017
ONE SUSPECT CHARGED AFTER HOME INVASION
One suspect is charged in connection with an armed home invasion, which occurred Tuesday morning in the 200 block of Apple Tree Court in Columbia. 21 year old Aidan Dennis Murphy is accused of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, burglary, robbery, property damage, domestic assault and possession of a controlled substance. Officers say Murphy and another male suspect allegedly forced their way into an apartment, struck a female victim and took property. A second suspect is still being sought. Anyone with information is urged to call crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
COLUMBIA PEDESTRIAN STRUCK ON 763
A Columbia pedestrian was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross westbound Route 763, Tuesday evening. The patrol says the pedestrian, 78 year old Michel Munyantarama, of Columbia, was crossing 763, just south of Summerfield Street, when he was struck by a southbound car driven by 26 year old Tre Yancey, of Moberly. Munyantarama was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.
PATROL RELEASES INFO ON FATAL MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
The Highway Patrol has released details on a Monday morning accident, which killed a Centralia driver. It occurred just before 6am Monday on Boone County Route B at Academy Road. 34 year old Thomas L. Willems, of Centralia, died in the accident. The patrol says a northbound vehicle, driven by 20 year old Isaiah Black, of Sturgeon, crossed the center line and struck Willems southbound car head-on. Black was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia.
WEATHER SERVICE CONFIRMS RANDOLPH COUNTY TORNADO
The National Weather Service surveyed storm damage in southern Randolph County Tuesday, and confirmed that an EF-1 tornado rolled through the area Monday evening. The damage survey cites winds, ranging from 86 to 110 miles per hour, which caused numerous damage reports on an 11-mile path from Higbee to the Renick area. Officials say the storm hit Higbee at around 4:55pm and struck in Renick at around 5:10pm. At least two people were treated for injuries sustained during the storm. One of those victims remains hospitalized, at last report.
WARRENTON I-70 INTERCHANGE UPDATE
Excellent weather conditions are contributing to good progress on the new I-70 interchange in Warrenton. According to Missouri Department of Transportation inspectors, the dirt work has gone very smoothly, as it is evident now the location of the new ramps and roundabouts. “The contractor, Emery Sapp and Sons, has really gotten a good start before winter weather hits,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Erik Maninga. “They are continuing to focus on getting the prep work for the new pavement on the ramps and roundabouts, and just this week they have begun the bridge/overpass construction. “The contractor has begun boring for the bridge piers, and they will begin next week stabilization work for the retaining walls.
Photos and some video of the work can be accessed on MoDOT’s NE District Flickr page, and a link is provided at www.modot.org/northeast under Road Work, Warren County, or directly at www.modot.org/northeast/major_projects/WarrentonInterchange.htm. The new interchange is being fully funded with a sales tax passed by residents in the city of Warrenton. Once the project is complete, MoDOT will own and maintain the interchange. In exchange, the City has agreed to assume responsibility of ownership and maintenance of Route MM to Main Street and the south outer road from Denny's to the new interchange.
December 5, 2017
FORMER MEXICO BAND TEACHER SENTENCED
A former Mexico band teacher was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday, in connection with allegations that he inappropriately touched a student. 44 year old Robert Cortez pleaded guilty to two counts in October. He was accused of touching a student during a car ride to retrieve items for a school function in 2016. Prosecutors say the eight-year sentence was the maximum allowed under the law.
MAN INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Mexico man was injured in an accident that occurred at 6pm Monday in Audrain County. The patrol says that 47 year old Richard Hagerdon was on MO 15 when he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle and his truck traveled off the right side of the road and struck a tree. He was transported by ambulance to SSM St. Mary’s in Mexico for treatment of moderate injuries.
TEEN HURT IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK
A Chesterfield teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Franklin County. 17 year old Gracie Boeckman was on Route T when her car ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a guardrail, a tree and overturned. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.
STORMS CAUSE DAMAGE IN SOUTHERN RANDOLPH COUNTY
Cleanup will continue today after thunderstorms winds caused numerous reports of damage in southern Randolph County, Monday evening. A severe thunderstorm rolled through areas between Higbee and Renick at around 5pm, causing damage to a number of structures, including a double-wide mobile home, which was destroyed. At least one injury was reported at that location. Randolph County Emergency Managers reported two travel trailers and a work shop destroyed just southwest of Renick and a barn and garage with significant damage just east of Renick, with multiple other reports coming in from various other sources. There was also widespread tree limb and power line damage reported in that same area. The National Weather Service is expected to survey the damage to determine if it was caused by straight-line winds or a tornado.
December 4, 2017
COLUMBIA HOME INVASION CAUSES GUNSHOT WOUND
Columbia Police say a male victim suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the head, during a Sunday night home invasion in the 200 block of Loch Lane. They say the victim remained conscious while being transported to a Columbia hospital. Investigators say at least two armed suspects were involved in the incident and then fled the scene. Two others inside the home were not injured. The investigation is ongoing.
ATTEMPTED HOME INVASION SUSPECT BEING SOUGHT
Columbia Police say at least one suspect is still being sought, in connection with an attempted armed home invasion in the 3200 block of Mexico Gravel, Sunday night. Officers were called to the scene just before 10pm. They say an occupant of the home answered a knock at the door and found an armed suspect. The homeowner was able to keep the person outside. The homeowner shot at the suspect, who then fled the scene. No injuries were reported.
MAN KILLED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK
A St. Peters man was killed in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in St. Charles County. 63 year old Bhugol Chandel was on MO 364 when his truck ran off the road, striking the median wall. He was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles where he died from his injuries a short time later.
WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
An Owensville woman was hurt in an accident that occurred at 11:50am Sunday in Gasconade County. The patrol says that 63 year old Richard Lockhart of New Haven was following a slow moving farm tractor on MO 28 when his van was struck in the rear by a van driven by 86 year old Joan Koelling of Owensville. She was transported by ambulance to Capital Region Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
On Monday at approximately 12:22am the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of Mansfield in reference to a house fire. Responding personnel found fire in the bathroom moving to the hallway area around the bathroom. The fire was contained and extinguished in that location, with the area around the bathroom suffering moderate fire damage and the rest of the home suffering significant smoke and heat damage. The residents became alerted to the fire by the heavy smoke filling the house. They briefly attempted to put the fire out, but were unable to and everyone got out safely. It was determined that the fire started in the area of a heavily used electrical outlet in the bathroom. There were no injuries from the incident.
Weekend Report- December 2-3, 2017
WOMAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WRECK
A Columbia woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Montgomery County. 48 year old Melissa Willett was driving a Ford Explorer on MO 94 when it traveled off the left side of the road, became airborne, struck a wooden gate to the entrance of the Katy Trail and then came to rest off the left side of the roadway. She was transported by ambulance to Hermann Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
WOMEN HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
Two New Florence women were hurt in an accident that occurred after 6pm Friday in Montgomery County. The patrol says that 89 year old Kermit Ellis of New Florence was on MO 19 when he attempted to make a left turn onto MO 94 and pulled into the path of a Ford Escape driven by 30 year old Danielle Cook and his car and her Escape collided nearly head-on. Both Danielle Cook and a passenger in the car his wife 88 year old Mildred Ellis sustained moderate injuries and were taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE WRECK
A Camdenton teen was seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck early Saturday morning in Camden County. 19 year old Michael Delmotte was riding his motorcycle on Sunny Slope Drive when it struck a deer and ejected him from the motorcycle. He was transported by private auto to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.
December 1, 2017
EASTBOUND MINEOLA TRUCK PARKING TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR CONCRETE REPAIRS
Weather permitting; Dec. 4-8, the eastbound Mineola Truck Parking area will close for contractor concrete repairs. The parking area will close Monday, Dec. 4 at 7am and will reopen Friday, Dec. 8 at 4pm. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
CHARGES FILED IN COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT
Columbia Police say formal charges have been filed against a Columbia man in connection with a Wednesday afternoon shots fired incident, which occurred in the area of Claudell Lane, in Columbia. 32 year old William Todez Donald has been charged in the case. A probable cause statement says witnesses saw Donald and another man arguing, which resulted in shots being fired. He is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, assault and armed criminal action.
GRENADE LAUNCHER FOUND DURING HOWARD COUNTY DRUG SEARCH
Howard County authorities say a search warrant served Wednesday turned up a stolen grenade launcher, along with meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Multiple agencies were involved in the search, by the East Central Drug Task Force, on a Howard County road, near Rocheport. They say the rocket launcher had been reported stolen near Harrisburg in October. Several other suspicious devices were also found during the search. 55 year old Christopher Lee Owens, of Boonville, was arrested at the scene. He faces charges of stealing a firearm or explosive and unlawful possession of weapons.